Snacks can be tough to get right and it’s so easy to get into a rut with them. If you’re constantly rotating the same apple, handful of nuts and cup of plain yoghurt day-in and day-out, or finding yourself drawn to the vending machine, it’s probably time to mix it up! Read on for some super simple healthy snack ideas that require no foodie pedigree or kitchen skills!
I want something easy I can purchase from the shops…
- Vita Weats, Ryvitas, or Pekish Brown Rice Crackers (with dip, or tuna, or cheese & chutney)
- Macro brands Chia Pots
- Barley Plus muesli bars from Freedom Foods
- Happy Snack Co roasted beans and chickpeas
- Popcorn or Puffed corn
- Trail mix.
I want something sweet…
- Yoghurt Bark: You’ll need 1 cup of yoghurt and 1 cup of toppings (ie. fresh berries, pistachios, coconut, or other raw nuts and seeds). Spread a thick layer of yoghurt on baking paper and make it just less than an inch thick… sprinkle your toppings over the yoghurt and freeze overnight. In the morning, crack the bar into pieces and store in the fridge.
- Apple with nut butter: Core and slice an apple and spread nut butter onto the slices. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.
- Date Heaven: 2-3 fresh dates filled with ricotta cheese or nut butter.
I want something savoury…
- Crispy Chickpeas: Coat chickpeas in coconut oil and add paprika and cumin. Layer out on a tray and pop in your oven at 180 degrees. Shake the tray every 15 minutes until they turn crispy.
- Pumpkin Thins with Coconut Oil: Sprinkle some salt and cinnamon on pumpkin thins (just thinly chopped pumpkin basically) and pan-fry them in coconut oil. Just before serving, stir through some coconut flakes or shredded coconut.
- Grated Goodness (beets, carrot, cheddar): Grab some raw beetroot, carrot and cheddar cheese from the fridge. Grate all ingredients and mix them up for a super colourful, healthy raw snack. Add lemon and some salt.
- Ryvita & Avocado: Ryvitas topped with avocado, ricotta, tomato and dukkah (I love Table Of Plenty Pistachio Dukkah).
I want to pre-prepare something for work…
- Bliss Balls: Place 2 cups mixed nuts of your choice, 1/2 cup pitted dates, 2 tbspns cacao powder and 1 handful of raw cacao nibs as well as a spring of desiccated coconut into a large mixing bowl. Drizzle honey on top and mix until well combined (best done by hand), adding 2-3 tbspns of water slowly until the mixture becomes a little sticky. Take a small amount of the choc mix and roll it into a ball. Roll the ball in coconut until covered. Continue until the entire mix has been used up, then place bliss balls in the fridge to set.
- Sweet Potato Fritters: Grate1 large sweet potato. Squeeze out any excess juice and place in to a bowl. Add 4 whisked eggs, 2 tspn paprika, salt and pepper and mix well. Fry in pan on medium heat.
- Frittata Muffins: Whisk eggs with herbs of choice (including salt and pepper) and pour evenly into greased muffin tins. Add layers of veggies. Fav combos are cherry tomato/spring onion/sweet potato OR sundried tomato/mushroom/kale). Pop in the oven for 20 – 25 mins at 180 degrees.
- Banana and Spinach pancakes: Blend 2 bananas, 2 cups spinach, 1 egg, 1 cup wholemeal flour and 1/2 milk of choice until a smooth batter is formed. Fry in pan on medium heat. Great served with greek yoghurt and fruit.
I want to spice up my daily handful of nuts…
- Superfood Trail mix: Mix together goji berries, almonds, pistachios, cashews and flaked coconut, then package up into snack sized portions.
- Salt and Vinegar Almonds: Pop 50ml apple cider vinegar and 1 tablespoon rock salt over 1 ½ cups of almonds and then roast in the oven at 150 degrees for about 15 minutes.
- Tamari Pepitas: Toss some pepitas into a frying pan, and add a splash of tamari. Let them get delicious on a medium heat. They won’t take long at all!
- Chili Edamame: Purchase edamame’s, add a little salt and chili flakes to give them a kick and keep you powering through the afternoon.
10 snacks I’m loving at the moment…
… I don’t mean these are the 10 snacks I think are the healthiest or lowest in calories, I just mean these are the things I’m loving at the moment.
- Carmens Nut bar (Almond Hazelnut and Vanilla)
- Banana and peanut butter in a thin wrap
- Vita Weats, Ryvitas or Rice Crackers with ‘toppings’ (tuna and cheese; cheese and home made tomato relish; ricotta and avocado; boiled egg mashed with avocado)
- Corn fritters, sausage rolls, or other goodness purchased from Made 2 Nourish
- Leftovers from lunch / dinner / breakfast
- Cup of Milo
- Green smoothie
- Trail mix
- Yoghurt & some cut up fruit
- Veggie sticks and beetroot hummus
A final few words from our resident nutritionist Sarah Moore
- I suggest just not overthinking it too much, there’s no such thing as the perfect snack. 2-3 food groups and when you can, thinking of what your day is missing so far (often it’s veg and protein).
- I love snacks I can keep for a day or two in my bag or in the car, like whole fruit, nuts and popcorn for emergency snacking.
- At home, think about snacks as a mini meal rather than a teeny tiny serving of food that barely ‘touches the sides’. Reaching for some crackers? Put something on them!
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